What is Myofascia ?
Fascia or connective tissue surrounds and protects structures within the body for example muscles, bones and organs and myofascia specifically surrounds muscles. One theory is that over time mental or physical traumas, e.g. accidents or surgery, repetitive strains and inflammation, can make this connective tissue more viscose, sticky and dense. This can prevent muscles from gliding as they should and prevent cells within the fascia from operating as efficiently as they should. Fascia also contains lots of nerve ending, including those sending signals which the brain interprets as pain
What can you expect in a myofascial release session?
We’ll begin with a discussion about your health. This will include completing quite a detailed questionnaire, some of which could be done in advance. After that there will be a postural assessment/evaluation. I’ll then discuss which techniques may be most effective to address any issues we’ve identified. The techniques themselves involve light pressure, gentle manipulation or traction and holding. Unlike massage no oil is used. Each technique is slow, usually taking 3-5 minutes, and will be within your pain tolerance levels. I’ll be asking for feedback and we’ll work together to try and improve your sense of wellness.
Hear from a client
When you have an issue where there is little anyone can do it opens you up to many things. I have temporomandibular joint dysfunction, TMJ, which results in me experiencing much pain in the jaw and ear area of one side. Pain levels make me wince.
I was willing to try things to see if anything helped . The facial release session was deeply relaxing, it was slow and gentle. I was skeptical. How can something so light touch do anything at all.
Everything, chest, neck,face felt much looser afterwards. But the biggest improvement was in my jaw which I clenched endlessly and unconsciously. Pain levels improved significantly. The fascial release seemed to do something small but powerful. I was genuinely surprised at how much improvement there was from just two sessions. Now pain levels have decreased significantly to the point where it has not gone away but it is no longer impacting on me on a daily, weekly basis. This makes a real difference to my quality of life.
benefits of myofascial release
According to clients myofascial release may:
Promote a sense of wellness and health
Alleviate stress and anxiety
Help with symptoms associated with many general aches and pains
Improve joint range of motion and muscles function
Improve digestion and absorption
Restore balance and promote correct posture
What to wear
For both the postural assessment and treatment it’s best if you wear shorts and a crop top, vest or bra.